What is new in ASEP-CELLs

Congratulations to the Visayas CELL team (University of San Carlos) for publishing their second research study! The “Applying User-Perceived Value to Determine Motivators of Electricity Use in a Solar Photovoltaic Implementation in a Philippine Island” is now available in the Sustainability Journal.
This paper addresses the urgent need to understand not just the sustainability from exogenous factors but, more importantly, from the factors that motivate the end-users to consume electricity. Applying the concept of user-perceived value (UPV) in electrification, a proposed multidimensional assessment framework, consisting of 12 motivators, was grouped according to UPV categories. Using a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire, 29 beneficiaries in Gilutongan Island, Cordova, Cebu, Philippines, were asked to evaluate their motivation to consume electricity, six months after they were provided with increased electricity access through a 7.92 kWp solar photovoltaic installation.
Access the full paper here: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/14/8043

What is ASEP-CELLs

Access to Sustainable Energy Programme-Clean Energy Living Laboratories (ASEP-CELLs) is a project that supports the Department of Energy through the funding of the European Union in achieving 100% rural electrification through renewable energy, thus increasing the share of renewable energy in the Philippines’ energy mix, and promoting energy efficiency towards sustainable and inclusive growth.

Who We Are



Who We Serve

Policy Makers

Department of Energy

Local Government Units


How we do it

Knowledge Management

Develop a coherent research agenda for long-term energy policy with focus on managing energy transitions in the short- and medium-terms.

Capacity Building

Create a graduate program on applied energy policy including (i) pilot testing these programs; (ii) developing energy access (EA), energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) modules; (iii) conducting of training needs assessment, development of training programs and short courses and (iv) tapping of international and local experts to deliver “training-of-trainer” program.

Institutionalize cooperation among Local Government Units (LGUs) and create an enterprise development hub to assist interested project developers and service providers.


Lobby for data-driven policies; create media and legal fellowship programs; partnership with NGOs to explore low-emission solutions; RE technology-based livelihood trainings for local communities; mainstreaming EE practices.